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Tofuku-ji Temple (東福寺)

Construction of this large temple was begun in 1236 by the regent Kujo Michiie, who wanted to enshrine Kyoto’s largest monastery. The construction ultimately took 19 years to complete. The temple’s spacious grounds are home to such highlights as Japan’s oldest main temple gate (a designated National Treasure), and a toilet constructed in the Zen style as well as a temple nave decorated with a painting of a dragon on its ceiling (both Important Cultural Properties). Four gardens are distributed to the east, west, north, and south sides of the grounds, and each offers charming but different scenery. The northern garden in particular, with its checkerboard of moss and stones, is a must-see.

place

Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755610087
place

[Apr.-Oct.]9:00-16:00
[Nov.-Early Dec.]8:30-16:00
[Early Dec.-Mar.]9:00-15:30

Review of Tofuku-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/03/24 Beautifully-kept grounds
Tofuku-ji is a lovely place for a walk. The gardens are simple but breathtaking, and the whitewashed temples are beautifully maintained. I only had time to walk around for about 45 minutes, but I...
Reviewed:2020/02/10 Nice sights and garden, but before peak autumn viewing not as spectacular as best photos online
Tofukuji is best viewed in autumn, and we went too early as we went end of September. The beautiful view of the temple tucked in between the mountains and red bush is barely visible. However there...
Reviewed:2019/12/26 Tofuku-ji temple
Tofukuji temple is a zen sect temple in Kyoto. It is superb place to visit during Spring and Autumn viewing.

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Address
Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778 [map]
Area
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
Phone
0755610087
Hours
[Apr.-Oct.]9:00-16:00
[Nov.-Early Dec.]8:30-16:00
[Early Dec.-Mar.]9:00-15:30
Fees
[Tsutenbashi/Kaizando Admission fee to worship]
[Adult]400yen
[Small/Junior High School Students]300yen

[Country designated scenic Tofukuji Honbo Garden Admission fee to worship]
[Adult]400yen
[Small/Junior High School Students]300yen
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available
English Menu
Available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.